Creating great content starts with having great visuals, and that’s why planning ahead for your photoshoot is essential. Whether you’re a small business looking to boost visibility through social media or an individual wanting to update your family portraits, these 5 tips will ensure your next photoshoot goes off without a hitch!

1. Choose Your Location
Whether you're looking to shoot inside or out, the season and time of day can have a big impact on your location. Allow yourself several weeks to explore different spots that may be perfect for your project. For an indoor/studio space in Vancouver check out Giggster!

2. Create a Mood-board and Shot List
Assemble a mood-board of all your favorite vibes and concepts, then create an accompanying shot list to share with your photographer. On your photoshoot day, these can serve as helpful reminders or sources of inspiration.

3. If Budget Allows, Hire Hair and Makeup
There's one key element that can often be overlooked in terms of importance – hiring a professional hair and makeup artist. Yes, it's an added cost, but trust me when we say that having a professional level of styling makes all the difference in capturing your vision and presenting your best look.

4. Gather Props and Outfits
Think about any props or backdrops that would work well with the overall look and feel of your photoshoot. This is especially important for brand photoshoots, but also applies to portrait or family sessions. Additionally, plan ahead and decide what outfits you will want to wear as it will ensure a more cohesive look in your photos.

5. Take Care Of Yourself
Get a good night's sleep before the big day and stay hydrated with plenty of water.

With these five tips in mind – choosing a location; creating a mood-board and shot list; hiring hair and makeup services; gathering props and outfits; taking care of yourself –you should now be feeling prepared and confident ahead of your upcoming photoshoot! Of course if you have any questions or would like to talk about an upcoming shoot, please send me and email. I would love to hear from you!